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Monday, Nov. 11

Brandeis concert: 1 p.m., Palo Cristi Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Brandeis National Committee presents the first of four BNC Roz Fischer Concerts & Conversations. Soprano Abigail Krawson, winner of Phoenix Opera’s 2018 Southwest Vocal Competition, will be accompanied by pianist John Massaro, principal conductor of the Phoenix Opera. Admission is $7 at the door, no reservations required. Refreshments provided. For more information, call Joan Sitver at 602-818-4264 or email her at joansitver@aol.com.

Events

Monday, Nov. 11

Men’s Event: 6-8 p.m., Shabbat Project Arizona, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Join men of all ages and backgrounds for the second annual Shabbat project men’s event that will feature hearty food, partner learning, short inspirational TED Talks, panel discussion with questions and answers and more. For more information, visit ShabbatProjectAZ.com, email robin@projectinspireaz.com or call 602-469-1606. 

Thursday, Nov. 14

BRCA education and screening event: 4-8 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Hosted by the Minkoff Center for Jewish Genetics. The screening event is designed to be an educational session led by cancer genetic counselors from the Phoenix community. Prior to undergoing genetic testing, individuals attending the education session will have the opportunity to learn more details about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and the implications of undergoing genetic testing. Go to jewishgeneticsaz.org/calendar for more information or to RSVP.

The Great Big Pink Challah Bake: 5-8 p.m., Shabbat Project Arizona, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Dessert reception, BRCA screening and testing with insurance card, inspirational videos, Shabbat Shuk, candle lighting kits, make your own challah and singing and dancing with performer Malky Giniger. Ladies are $36, girls are $10. RSVP by Nov. 12. For more information, visit ShabbatProjectAZ.com, email robin@projectinspireaz.com or call 602-469-1606. 

Saturday, Nov. 16

AJHS Heritage Award Dinner: 6 p.m., Monterra at Westworld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will honor Marnie and Harvey Dietrich with the 2019 Jerry Lewkowitz Heritage Award, which is presented to individuals who have made an exceptional impact on the community through outstanding leadership, service and dedication. In keeping with the evening’s western theme, entertainment includes cowboy poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller Red Steagall and the DEO Entertainment Group. Tickets are $200 per person. Call 602-241-7870 or visit azjhs.org for information and reservations. 

Monday, Nov. 17

Mega Challah Bake: 4 p.m., Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Experience the art of challah making from scratch, enjoy music from the Chai Tones Klezmer band and dig into a challah and dip buffet. RSVP required. Covert is $18. Women of Valor sponsorship available $100. Register at iChabad.org/ChallahBake. For questions and more information, please call Chana at 480-227-0620 or Adrienne at 623-466-9068.

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24

Annual ArtFest of Scottsdale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Town Scottdale’s Civic Center Plaza, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. Honoring the local artist community, this year’s ArtFest will feature more than 120 artists selling paintings, sculptures, jewelry, metal art, ceramics and glass art, as well as authors and visual artists. Admission and parking are free; dogs are welcome. For more information, visit 888artfest.com.

Meetings, Lectures & Classes

Mondays

Mahjong Mondays: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Every Monday, except on Jewish or legal holidays. You are invited to come and play, no RSVP is necessary, just come. This free program is intended for players with prior experience. Be sure to bring your current mahjong card and a set if you have one. evjcc.org or 480-897-0588

Wednesdays

‘The Valley News’: 10-11:30 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The class focuses on current events and is led by Dr. Michael Epner. No registration required.

Third Sunday of every month

Jewish War Veterans: 10 a.m., Arizona State Veterans Home, 4141 N. S. Herrera Way, Phoenix. Scottsdale Post 210 welcomes all Jewish veterans to its monthly meetings. Refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. Call 602-256-0658 for more information.

Wednesdays, Nov. 6 and 20

JACS: Support Group for Jewish Alcoholics, Addicts, and their Friends and Family: 7:30 p.m., BJE Library, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. No charge. For more information, call the Shalom Center, visit jacsarizona.com or email jacsarizona@gmail.com

Thursday, Nov. 7

The Life and Tragedy of King David: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Free, but registration required at evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Free, but registration required at evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.

Walking Through History: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Rabbi Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO. Topic: Sephardic Jewish History. Cost: $14, includes kosher lunch ($20 after Nov. 3). Registration required at evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.

Thursdays, Nov. 7, 14 & 21

Mini-courses open to the public: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. A series of 3-4 classes throughout the year on a variety of subjects. Topic: ‘What you should know about the Israeli government.’ A primer on how the Knesset and the parliamentary system works. Who are the major parties, what are their main platforms and how do they decide who gets to hold what offices in the country? No charge for members, $10 per class for non-members. For more information, call 623-584-7210 or email bethemethaz@gmail.com.

Sunday, Nov. 10

Healing Handiwork: 1-4 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Contact Nona at nona.siegel@gmail.com or 602-326-8851 for more information on the group. No charge.

Mondays, Nov. 11 and 25

Caring for our Loved Ones: 7 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. A Jewish support and resource group for families and caregivers. No charge, but donations welcome. For more information, contact Marci Beliak at 602-971-1234 ext. 211 or at mbeliak@templechai.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Museum @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Speaker: Phoenix Art Museum Patrick Ventura. Topic: “Some Like it Hot.” Terrific Tuesdays. $4 suggested donation. 480-897-0588 or adrian@evjcc.org

Yiddish Music Class: 11:45 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. An exploration of Yiddish music, old and new. Instructor Sandra Bernoff explores Yiddish folk songs and Klezmer music. $8 per class or $40 for all six. evjcc.org. evjcc.org/arts-and-culture

Tuesdays, Nov. 12, 19 and 26

Hope for Today: 7 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Spiritual program of recovery for those who suffer from the debilitating effects of chronic pain and chronic illness, based on the Twelve Steps of AA. Contact: cpa-az@cox.net. No charge.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

‘Beyle: The Artist and her Legacy’: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Generations After Descendants Forum at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. A film and discussion about Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, an artist, poet, playwright and musician who dedicated her life to preserving Yiddish culture. Led by Yiddish teacher Sandra Bernoff. In partnership with the Phoenix Holocaust Association. Free.  Reservations: 480-897-0588 or evjcc.org/generations-after

Sunday, Nov. 17

BJE’s Jewish Marriage University: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, classroom 101, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Learn ways to enhance one’s relationship including communication and conflict resolution skills, planning for one’s financial future, how Judaism can help build strong relationships and marriages, along with many other topics. $45 per couple. Register at bjephoenix.org. Email Linda Feldman at lindaf@bjephoenix.org for more information.

Yoga to Awaken Inner Joy: 11:35 a.m.-1:25 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. An all-levels yoga workshop. Instructor: Amy Tyre. This workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more joy, hope, energy and happiness. It is specifically designed to help alleviate the symptoms of stress-related disorders, including anxiety and depression. Childcare is available. $25 for members, $33 for guests. Contact the JCC at 480-481-7018 or healthandfitness@vosjcc.org to register.

Monday, Nov. 18

Living through Loss : 4:30-6 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. No charge, but donations are welcome.

‘Elie Wiesel & Primo Levi: The Gray Zone of Holocaust Survival’: 6 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Professor Nancy Harrowitz presents the legacies of Holocaust survivors and authors Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi and discusses what can be learned from their philosophies and emphasis on social justice. Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity, the East Valley JCC and Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. Tickets: $18-$36. evjcc.org/eliewiesel

Breast Cancer Support Group: 6:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Monthly meetings on the third Monday of the month. Supporting Jewish women in their journey through all stages of breast cancer, including treatment, recovery and the physical and spiritual challenges along the way. For questions or to RSVP, contact Jessica Knight at jessicabcgroup@outlook.com or 202-359-6835.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

It Happens Here: Addiction and Mental Health Issues in the Jewish Community: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. A program for Jewish educators, clergy and mental health professionals. Continuing education credits available. Registration required, $25. Scholarships available. Breakfast and lunch provided, dietary laws observed. To RSVP, contact Kathy Rood at Kathy.rood@jfcsaz.org or 602-452-4627.

Artists @ the EVJCC: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. $4 donation at the door. 480-897-0588, adrian@evjcc.org

Yiddish Music Class: 11:45 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. An exploration of Yiddish music, old and new. Instructor Sandra Bernoff explores Yiddish show tunes from movies and theater. $8. 480-897-0588, evjcc.org/arts-and-culture.

There Is No Them; There Is Only Us: 6:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Open forum with Marla Kaufman, executive director of Jewish Addiction Awareness Network, and Jory Hanselman, director of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy at Ramah in the Rockies, to address addiction and the grasp it has taken on the Jewish community. Learn what Judaism teaches about addiction and mental health. Free, coffee and refreshments included, dietary laws observed. To RSVP, contact Kathy Rood at Kathy.rood@jfcsaz.org or 602-452-4627.

Keeping Our AZ Vote Honest: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The National Council of Jewish Women Arizona is hosting  Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs for a program on voter rights, registration, suppression and security. For more information, contact Sondra Mesnik at Sondra.m@cox.net or 602-739-0669.

Thursday, Nov. 21 

The Life and Tragedy of King David: 9 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Free, but registration required at evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.

Talmudic Heroes: 10 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Cost: $14. Registration required at evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash.

EVJCC Interfaith Series: 11 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Anjileen Gumer of the Sikh community discusses the history, theology and practice of Sikhism. Includes kosher lunch after the presentation.  $14 ($20 after Nov. 17). 480-897-0588, evjcc.org/open-beit-midrash

People of the Book Group: 3 p.m., Temple Chai Small Sanctuary, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Discussion of “My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner,” by Meir Shalev. RSVP to ssilverman18@gmail.com.

Book discussion group: 7 p.m., Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Topic: “Rachel’s Tomb” by J.A. Bernstein. Discussion led by Michael and Jennie Kronenfeld, Ph.D. Free. RSVP to lbell@azjhs.org or call 602-241-7870. 

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Israeli Movie Matinee Series: 10-11:30 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Series: Screening of “Unsettling,” a documentary about Tekoa, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. $4 donation at the door. 480-897-0588, adrian@evjcc.org

Yiddish Music Class: 11:45 a.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. An exploration of Yiddish music, old and new. Instructor Sandra Bernoff explores Yiddish music from during the Holocaust. Cost: $8.  RSVP at 480-897-0588 or evjcc.org/arts-and-culture.

Family

Mondays

Breakfast Babies: 9-10:30 a.m., The Brunch Café, 15507 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale. A fun-filled morning gathering for parents and grandparents with babies or toddlers. Complimentary coffee and a chocolate-covered strawberry with the purchase of any meal. Includes a story time picture book reading. Call 480-398-7174 or visit brunchcafe.com for more information.

Mondays

Baby dance classes: 9:15-9:45 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix. For babies who are walking up to age 2 ½. This baby dance class is a fun introduction to music, movement and dancing. Babies will dance to the music while using all kinds of different props and toys. Parent/grandparent participation is required. Free. Advanced registration not required, limited to first 20 children who arrive. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Thursdays

Baby dance classes: 9:30-10 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix. For babies who are walking up to age 2 ½. This baby dance class is a fun introduction to music, movement and dancing. Babies will dance to the music while using all kinds of different props and toys. Parent/grandparent participation is required. Free. Advanced registration not required, limited to first 20 children who arrive. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Mondays and Wednesdays

Baby gym classes: 9-9:30 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 15801 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix. Parents (and grandparents) are invited to bring in their babies, ages 6 months to 18 months. This parent-child class uses tumbling mats, balance beams, parallel bars and trampolines. Work on strength, balancing and coordination with your baby. Free. This is a “drop in” class; advanced registration is not required. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

Wednesdays and Fridays

Baby gym classes: 9:30-10 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 3923 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Parents (and grandparents) are invited to bring in their babies, ages 6 months to 18 months. This parent-child class uses tumbling mats, balance beams, parallel bars and trampolines. Work on strength, balancing and coordination with your baby. Free. This is a “drop in” class; advanced registration is not required. Call 602-992-5790 or visit arizonasunrays.com for more information.

  

Shabbat 

First Friday of every month

First Fridays: 6:30-8 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Begins Nov. 1. Traditional Friday night services with a twist; each month a special aspect, theme or prayer from the Shabbat evening liturgy is focused on. Questions about the service, and Jewish prayer in general, will be answered to help each person. No fee, open to everyone, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. For beginners and experienced members. For more information, call 623-584-7210 or email bethemethaz@gmail.com.

First Saturday of every month

Kavana Café: 8:45 a.m., Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. This is an informal opportunity to learn with Rabbi Micah Caplan prior to Saturday-morning services. A light breakfast will be served. For more information, visit congregationortzion.org or call 480-342-8858.

Every Saturday

Torah Express: Noon, Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. On Shabbat mornings, during the congregation’s Kiddush lunch, join Rabbi Micah Caplan and other Jewish professionals and teachers from the community for an in-depth study of the Torah portion of the week. No RSVP required. For more information, visit congregationortzion.org or call 480-342-8858.

Friday, Nov. 15 

Shabbat Service: 7 p.m., North Scottsdale location. The Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association will have a brief Shabbat service followed by a performance by the Four Seasons Orchestra in “A night in Vienna.” It will feature music by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Haydn and Beethoven. Dues are $60 per year.  For more information, call Andrea at 480-664-8847.

  

Seniors

Sunday-Monday, Nov. 10-11

Poppy sale to support veterans: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mesa Marketplace, 10550 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, and local Fry’s Supermarkets (Dobson and Ray Roads, Alma School and Germann, Gilbert and Ocotillo, Higley and Chandler Heights). Jewish War Veterans Post 619 will distribute poppies and poppy stickers to people who make a donation for veterans in need at local Fry’s stores and at Mesa Marketplace on Sunday, Nov. 10. Please contact Commander Robert Brooks at 480-688-1827 or linbob72@wbhsi.net for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Memory Café: 10-11:30 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Jewish Family and Children’s Service hosts a monthly Memory Café event, which will include refreshments along with stimulating, interactive programming geared toward those who have memory loss and their care partners. Keith Johnson of Sankofa Island Magic is this month’s special guest artist. For more information or to confirm times, please contact Kathy Rood at 602-452-4627 or via email at kathy.rood@jfcsaz.org.

Veterans

Thursday, Nov. 7

Memory Café: 10-11:30 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Jewish Family and Children’s Service hosts a monthly Memory Café event, which will include refreshments along with stimulating, interactive programming geared toward those who have memory loss and their care partners. This month’s special guest artists are The Sunshine Singers, a senior chorus hosted by JFCS. For more information or to confirm times, please contact Kathy Rood at 602-452-4627 or via email at kathy.rood@jfcsaz.org.

  

Arts

Tuesday, Nov. 12 

‘Bogdan’s Journey’: 7-9 p.m., Cutler-Plotkin Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. The Arizona Jewish Historical Society presents this documentary about a Catholic Pole and how his determination to heal a historical wound launches a crusade to reconcile Poles and Jews over a massacre that happened 70 years ago. Shown in collaboration with the Martin Springer Institute at NAU and the Phoenix Holocaust Association. There will be a post-film Q&A. Subtitles, 86-minute runtime. For more information, contact Larry Bell at lbell@azjhs.org or call 602-241-7870. 

Friday, Nov. 29 

Lisa Loeb in-store performance and vinyl signing: 1 p.m., Zia Record Exchange, 3201 S. Mill Ave, Tempe. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of hit song “Stay (I missed You),” which appeared at #1 on the Billboard Top 100. A special edition 12” vinyl will be released along with an in-store performance and signing. For more information, visit lisaloeb.com and recordstoreday.com.

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 25-Jan. 19

Old Jews Telling Jokes: 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. start times, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The Off-Broadway comedic performance visits Phoenix. For more information about the show or to order tickets, visit playhouseinfo.com, or call 602-252-8497. JN

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